CBD oil shoppers, especially those that are new to CBD, are often plagued by knowing what product to buy. It can be difficult to know which CBD oil products are high-quality and are just mediocre. CBD oil shoppers should take several factors into consideration, which we will go into detail about in this guide.
Determing a CBD Oil Shoppers’ Budget
CBD oil shoppers often notice a difference in price across brands. There are several reasons for these differences. One reason can be the price that the manufacturer is paying for bulk CBD. Another factor is the volume of the bottle. Other factors include shipping costs, packaging costs, overhead costs and the additional ingredients of the product.
Setting a budget based upon the milligrams in a bottle might seem like a reasonable idea, but this may leave you having to purchase mediocre products. Take into consideration the type of CBD oil that the product includes. Full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oils are superior to isolates. Isolates may be THC-free, but it’s only 1 cannabinoid that you’re getting – meaning that your body will not experience synergy between multiple cannabinoids and terpenes working together, otherwise known as the entourage effect.
What are the other ingredients in the product? All-natural ingredients are preferred. After all, one of the common reasons that consumers choose to use CBD oil is because it’s not a harmful chemical.
When considering your budget, factor in these things:
- How much CBD your body needs a day
- The price for all-natural ingredients vs artificial ingredients
- Lab-tested for purity and quality
- The amount of CBD per serving
- Servings per bottle
- Type of bottle (dark bottles are ideal because they help protect the CBD oil from heat and light, which can cause the CBD to breakdown and/or crystallize)
- Carrier oil or cutting agent – MCT oil and olive oil are ideal
Expensive products aren’t exactly better. Some manufacturers charge high prices for mediocre products. It is important to do your research and ask questions to ensure that a quality product fits your budget. A quality CBD tincture doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Canna Trading Co. offers fresh, high-quality CBD that is derived from organically grown hemp from American farmers, plant-based terpenes and all-natural ingredients at a very affordable price.
Your Ideal Dose
CBD oil shoppers also need to take their ideal dose into consideration. This includes knowing how your weight plays a role in how much CBD your body might need a day. When calculating your budget and how much CBD oil you’ll need per month, you need to know what your ideal dose is.
If you are brand new to using CBD, then it might be a good idea to purchase 2 bottles that are 400 mg to 500 mg at first. It will take a little bit of time to figure out what your ideal dose is. For example, a 400 mg bottle that has 1-fl. oz. of liquid contains 30 13.3 mg doses. This is a good starting point. Increase doses slightly after a week, and continue this pattern until you’ve found what your ideal dose of CBD is.
Where do you live?
Yes, CBD oil shoppers still need to consider where they live and what the laws are in their state when buying CBD oil. Some states, such as Idaho and North Dakota still prohibit CBD specifically. Even though the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and products of the plant, the FDA has not put its regulations in place yet, so CBD remains in a gray area.
What Prescription Medications do you take?
There are very few medications that interact negatively with CBD. CBD oil shoppers that take certain medications should speak with their doctors and research themselves prior to starting the use of CBD oil.
If you take these medications, do not use CBD:
- Valproic acid
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 2A6 (CYP2A6) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 2B6 (CYP2B6) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates
- Anything that contains Cytochrome P450 3A5 (CYP3A5) substrates
- CNS Depressants (mostly sedative medications)
The reason to avoid using CBD with these medications or medications that include these items is that the combination can have a negative effect on the liver, causing damage.
Lab testing, especially by a third-party lab, is important for CBD oil shoppers to look for. It is also important to review the lab reports, not just see that a company does them. If a company advertises that they do have their CBD lab-tested but isn’t offering those results on their website, ask to view their most recent results.
In those lab tests you want to ensure that everything the lab tests for from cannabinoids to pesticides is in passing range. When it comes to microbial testing, some states have different requirements, so it’s also important to review what state the lab is located in.
You might notice something that says LOQ on a lab test. This is Level of Quantification or Limit of Quantification. This is the lowest amount of a cannabinoid or compound that the lab tests for. You’ll want to see that the LOQ is less than or <LOQ for pesticides, microbes and chemicals. When it comes to cannabinoids, it’s okay if they are >LOQ when it comes to any cannabinoid except THC. THC must be less than 0.3% concentration to be legal.
Canna Trading Co. displays third-party lab testing results in every product description.
Flavored CBD Oil Options
Many CBD oil manufacturers offer flavored options. It is important to review the source of that flavoring. Terpenes provide natural flavoring and are found in cannabis and hemp plants. Flavorings such as peppermint, vanilla, orange, citrus and berry should also come from natural sources and non-alcohol extractions. Vanilla extract, for example, contains about 35% alcohol. CBD oil shoppers should keep this in mind when searching for a flavored CBD oil option.
All CBD oil shoppers should take heed of these considerations when buying CBD oil both in-store and online. Having a bit of knowledge and what to look for goes a long way and may save you from wasting money on a poor-quality product. Compare, contrast and ask questions when something isn’t clear in a product description or if you can’t find appropriate information on a CBD oil company’s website.